A WOMAN has today relived the horror of being stabbed 27 times by controlling her boyfriend after she dumped him.
Nicole Harper, 24, only survived thanks to her quick thinking - grabbing a dirty sock to stem the bleeding after being attacked by Timothy Pike.
And the young woman today opened up how her whirlwind romance with her "perfect boyfriend" began to spiral out of control.
Speaking to the Sun Online, Nicole said the pair had first met on dating website OKCupid in August 2016 - quickly falling in love.
She said: "I loved having Tim on my arm – he was gorgeous and muscly.
"He seemed like the perfect boyfriend, even giving me money to treat myself."
But soon after, Timothy slowly started to become controlling - quizzing her over how many men she had slept with and accusing her of being "impure" for having other boyfriends.
He broke up with stunned Nicole, but later begged her to take him back.
She said: "I agreed because I was besotted."
Yet Timothy's behaviour became increasingly paranoid and dark, with the boyfriend even texting her pictures of skinned or decapitated bodies that he’d found on the internet with the message: "This will be you".
Nicole said: "I thought it was just a sick joke, so I laughed it off.
"But it was horrifying. He even sent the images to my parents and they begged me to break up with him. I was adamant that he’d never hurt me."
Despite her family's misgivings, Nicole, of Manchester, moved in with Timothy and his parents in Glossop, Derbyshire.
Timothy then became more and more controlling - refusing even to let Nicole speak to her family.
Then, after Nicole admitted to Timothy she didn't see a future in their relationship - he snapped.
Nicole said: "One night, Tim asked me if I ever saw a future between us. I told him I didn’t and told him I’d move out the next day.
"Tim didn’t put up a fight, and we both went to bed as normal.”
Yet as Nicole got ready for work the next day, Tim struck.
She said: "I walked into the bedroom and out of nowhere he stabbed me over and over again in my back, stomach, throat, and armpit.
"I could hear air coming out of my lungs as I collapsed to the floor.
"Then Tim pulled the hood of my coat over my face and tried to suffocate me.
"He never said a word and just seemed so calm.
I realised that I was going to dieNicole Harper
"As I lay on the floor, he stamped on my back and neck.
"It was then I realised that I was going to die as I fell in and out of consciousness."
Timothy left his bleeding girlfriend on the floor - horrifically snapping a picture of his dying girlfriend.
And Nicole bravely crawled to get her phone to call police.
She said: "While he took photos of me, I managed to crawl to the bed and get my mobile to dial 999.
"Then I grabbed a dirty sock and held it to a gash on my neck- stemming the blood."
Minutes later, paramedics and police officers arrived.
Timothy was arrested at the scene and Nicole was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital where she underwent surgery on her wounds.
There a doctor revealed that she had been stabbed 27 times and was lucky to be alive.
Nicole underwent surgery, spending two weeks in hospital to recover from her wounds.
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In July 2019, Timothy Pike, 25, of Glossop, pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Derby Crown Court.
During the hearing, it was revealed that Timothy had sent the picture of Nicole as she lay dying to a friend.
He was given an indefinite hospital order after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Now, while physically recovering from the attack, Nicole still struggles with flashbacks from the devastating knifing.
She said: "Since the attack, I’ve suffered with nightmares and flashbacks of what happened.
"I’ve realised that the attack wasn’t my fault.
"I just wish I’d listened to my family earlier, but he manipulated me into thinking that I needed him.
"Tim tried to finish me off, but I’m still standing.
"I’ve been left with scars all over my body which I’m self-conscious about but I’m just happy to be alive.”